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ETX OTA as a spotting scope

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 12:28 PM

Hi,

Anybody using the ETX OTA as a spotting scope?

If yes, would you recommend it? I’m a little hesitant as I don’t want to mess up the OTA, and I’m not sure if too much daytime use might damage the optics.

One more thing, any tripod recommendations under $200?
I have the Meade 883 field tripod but I don't think I can fit a tripod head to it. I see a Bogen tripod for around $100 and the head supposedly handles up to 8 lbs. I don’t think the 105 OTA weights that much, but with eyepiece and digi-camera it might go over the 8 lbs.


Thanks!


#2 Spyke

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Posted 30 November 2003 - 08:21 AM

Hi Emilio.

I used to have an ETX 90-RA, and would take the tube assembly out of the fork mount (four allan bolts release it) and use it on a Velbon D600 photo tripod when on holiday. I used to use the 26mm plossl (48x) and watch planes taking off and landing, wild-life etc and it worked fine. I didn't have any problems removing or re-attaching the tube, and it always snapped into place and stayed put no problem. You'd probably want a foam lined case though to keep the tube nice'n'shiny!

I take it you have the 105? I haven't used that size- is it mounted into the fork mount the same way?

For astro use I had it mounted on the Meade#883 but I didn't add much weight to it!

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